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Michigan woman hospitalized after eyebrow microblading

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Eyebrow "microblading" is one of the hottest new beauty trends, as women are all over social media showing off perfect brows.

But at what price?

When the woman, who asked to only be identified as Jennifer, walked out of the salon she said her eyebrows looked great and she was happy with her results.

Microblading involves a hand tool with tiny needles to make shallow little cuts on the skin. The pigment seeps in giving you semi-permanent results.

"Basically, it gives the appearance of hair on your eyebrows instead of regular tattooing. This makes your eyebrows look like you actually have hair,” Jennifer said.

But then the redness started setting in.

"A few days after I noticed that there was starting to get like little lumps in it,” Jennifer said.

The pain swelling began to increase.

"Went to urgent care. They diagnosed me with cellulitis on my face and gave me an antibiotic and sent me on my way,” Jennifer said.

But the situation kept getting worse. Jennifer took daily photos to document. She decided to head to the emergency room.

"When they admitted me, they put me on the IV bag antibiotic and then the next morning they start me on steroids,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer spent three days in the hospital.

"I was terrified. I was terrified. I didn't know my face was swollen up. My eyes are closing. I don't know what's going to happen,” she said.

For the past week, Jennifer has been seeing dermatologist Dr. Stephen Grekin for treatment.

"This is potentially life-threatening if not treated. Because what's right behind here, sinuses. What do the sinuses communicate? Boom, they go right to the brain,” Grekin said.

So why did this occur?

"There are a lot of variables in this case. So, is the patient allergic to the ink that they actually tattoo you with? That's number one. Is she allergic to something that they use to prep the skin? Did she get an infection by being told not to wash her face for two days?” Grekin said.

Jennifer said she was left with mounting medical bills and missed days from work.

"Now I regret going in there and getting it done, but that is vanity. You want to look good and you don't ever think that's going to happen to you,” Jennifer said.

Grekin’s has advice for those trying to get eyebrows through microblading.

"I think it's buyer beware. I think you have to do your research. I think you have to have multiple visits to make certain that you're comfortable, that the place is clean. It's efficiently run, that this is not taken as sort of a cavalier come in and get your eyebrows waxed,” he said.

Grekin said people should be careful of deciding on a microblading procedure solely based on cost.

It typically costs $700 to $800 dollars. Jennifer thought she found a deal for $250, but she said she will never try the procedure again and will stick to eyebrow makeup.

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